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What’s the story?
As Leg 6 entered its third week, PUMA were still in charge at the front of the fleet as the 'supermoon' lit the way to Miami. However, with more than 750 miles to sail to the finish, all bets were off as to who will emerge victorious according to PUMA's skipper Ken Read.
Yesterday Groupama split from the leading pack in a bid to protect their second place on the overall race leaderboard, as a light wind zone close to Miami threatens to shuffle the fleet positions over the next 48 hours.
By 0400 UTC Groupama and Abu Dhabi were making gains as the fleet engaged in a high risk battle for supremacy with chances on the table for all the teams to claim a podium result.
In Miami, the shore crews were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their teams so that work can begin to prepare the boats for action in the PortMiami In-Port Race and Leg 7.
Team Sanya, currently based in Savannah, USA, were in the final stages of repairs to their boat. They plan to sail to Miami on May 11 to rejoin the fleet.
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Quote of the day:
“We have a drag race for probably the next 400 miles, and then it starts to get really light again. There is a big high over the Bahamas, the front-runners will sail into it and slow up, so we will start again there so we are looking at strategies on how to deal with that. There is an awful long way to go in this yacht race yet” - Will Oxley, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand
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The big picture:
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG improved on their second-place finish in Leg 4 to win Leg 5 by just 12 minutes following a tense 11th-hour battle with Team Telefonica.
Despite losing their mast while leading the fleet in Leg 5, Groupama sailing team were able to construct a jury rig which allowed them not only to complete the leg but also claim the final podium position.
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand finished fourth, a huge achievement for Chris Nicholson's team, who were forced to divert to Chile with structural damage.
Abu Dhabi were forced to retire from Leg 5 with serious damage to their hull, opting to ship their boat to Itajai. They might not have finished the leg but they won their incredible race against the clock to get Azzam race ready in less than two days.
Team Sanya, who retired from Leg 5 after losing a rudder, will rejoin the fleet in Miami for the in-port racing and start of Leg 7.
Check out the overall standings HERE.